The Glory of God Is Intelligence: Four Lectures on the Role of Intellect in Judaism

The Glory of God Is Intelligence: Four Lectures on the Role of Intellect in Judaism

The Glory of God Is Intelligence: Four Lectures on the Role of Intellect in Judaism

The Glory of God Is Intelligence: Four Lectures on the Role of Intellect in Judaism

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When, on October 5, 1976, at the request of BYU's Forum Committee I wrote to Professor Jacob Neusner to invite him to deliver an address at a Forum Assembly of the student body, neither he nor I could have guessed that our correspondence during the next few months would lead to these four lectures. The overall concept of the lectures came to him, as he typifies such strokes of insight in his first lecture, in a "moment of inexplicable understanding . . . in which all things fall together into a whole, . . . a moment of revelation" as it were. During the first four months of 1977, the correspondence between Dr. Neusner and myself consisted largely of suggestions and counter-suggestions regarding topics and titles not only for the Forum lecture but also for three additional presentations which he had graciously consented to prepare. We were then contemplating four lectures somewhat divergent in focus and content. Then on May 3, Professor Neusner telephoned me to say that, inspired by the phrase "The glory of God is intelligence," which appears as part of the logo on the University's stationery, he had decided to offer a summary of almost a decade of . . .

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